I love kitchen gadgets. At Christmas, fill my stocking with whisks and spatulas, for my birthday wrap up a French Press and some prep bowls and I’m a happy girl. Seriously. I tell Husband (and he agrees) that I’m really easy to shop for.
A few years ago for Christmas, Husband bought me a KitchenAid Immersion Blender. I loved it! I used it all the time. I still love it. A little more recently, KitchenAid sent me a really nice Hand Blender to reviewÃ‚ (Insert excitedÃ‚ shriek)! I’ve used it and now I want to tell you about it.
Here are some of the things I’m loving!
It comes in a storage container, so all the parts aren’t just getting lost in my kitchen drawers.
Many of the components are dishwasher safe (obviously the motor body and adapters are not).
The chopperÃ‚ attachmentÃ‚ (I call it a mini food processor). This might be my most used method of blending. Having it makes things like salsa so simple! Literally, all the ingredients were roughly chopped and thrown in, and done: homemade salsa in about 5 minutes. Oh, and I don’t have a regular food processor (sad, I know – I also don’t have a stand mixer… sigh… I’m saving up for one) so this was a big deal to get this extra prize!
The blending pitcher is also awesome! It’s perfect for making smoothies, or you know, things you’d like to pour.
The whisk attachment whipped up some cream in minutes! It was way faster than the hand mixer that I have. (You know, the hand held thing with the two beaters at the end, that I’ve been using for almost 6 years now without complaint, but am so glad to have something to replace at least some of the time? Ya that thing.)
There’s a multi-purpose blade that’s for things like shredding meat and crushing ice (awesome!!). The S-blade is for things like smoothies (yes!), cooked veggies, soups. There’s even a frother/beater – hello pancake batter and lattÃƒ©s!
I’ve used it to make quite a few things. Here are some of my favorites:Ã‚ Salsa,Ã‚ Peachish Delight,Ã‚ Peach SorbetÃ‚ (I added basil to my version – delicious!),Ã‚ Crackers, Whipped Cream, Smoothies… the possibilities are pretty limitless.
I’ve used it on my show a few times, to make: A coating for anÃ‚ Almond and Black Pepper Crusted Roast Pork, Roasted Tomato Soup (have you made this yet? Oh man! It’s so goooooood!!)… I used my original KitchenAid Immersion Blender to make my Mashed Potato Soup.
I love that I can use it for things like the aforementioned (I don’t think I’ve ever used that word before – it makes me feel smart… then I give myself away by telling you…) soup without worrying that I’m going to have a blender explosion like the first time I made a homemade Tomato Soup. (Have I told you about this before? I referred to it in the Mashed Potato Soup episode, but I don’t know if you knew that I knew this from experience. In case you don’t know what happened: boiling hot tomato soup, blender, lid on with middle plug part still in, blender on, steam making lid get all soft and wobbly, hot soup flying everywhere, middle plug part detaching itself and falling into the still running blender, soup on the walls, counter, and me. I laughed, because it was either laugh or cry.)
In case you haven’t already figured it out, this KitchenAid Hand Blender is a total kitchen gadgetÃ‚ win for me. I love it! If you purchase one, I hope you love it too! And that you use it to make many many yummy things.
Like this salsa (to be served with your favorite chip pieces – someone needs to go to the grocery store).
- 3-4 large, ripe tomatoes, rough chop
- 2-3 bell peppers, rough chop
- 2 jalapeÃƒ±os, rough chop (or more if you want it spicier!!)
- 1/2 red onion, rough chop
- Splash apple cider vinegar
- Splash olive oil
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- Garlic powder, to taste
- Onion powder, to taste
- Place all ingredients in food processor attachment of hand blender or (food processor). Blend.
- Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.